Sharpe's Regiment (TV programme)
|Directed by||Tom Clegg|
|Produced by||Malcolm Craddock
Muir Sutherland (exec.)
|Written by||Bernard Cornwell (novel)
|Music by||Dominic Muldowney
|Running time||100 min.|
|Preceded by||Sharpe's Sword|
|Followed by||Sharpe's Siege|
Sharpe's Regiment is a British television drama, part of a series that follows the career of Richard Sharpe, a British soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. This episode is based on the novel of the same name by Bernard Cornwell.
It is 1813. The South Essex Regiment has suffered terrible losses in the fighting in Spain and is in danger of being disbanded as a result. Major Sharpe (Sean Bean) and Sergeant Major Harper (Daragh O'Malley) are sent back to England to find out why replacements have not been sent.
During an audience with the dimwitted Prince Regent (Julian Fellowes), Sharpe is introduced to Lord Fenner (Nicholas Farrell), the man responsible for the regiment's troubles. Fenner sends Lady Anne Camoynes (Caroline Langrishe) to sleep with Sharpe and ascertain his intentions. When he finds out, he sends assassins to solve his potential problem, but Sharpe and Harper dispose of them instead. Their bodies are tossed into the river and rumours are spread that Sharpe and Harper have been killed.
Meanwhile, the two men "enlist" in the South Essex to find out what happens to the recruits. They learn that they are being trained by Lieutenant Colonel Girdwood (Mark Lambert) and then sold to other regiments by Sharpe's old enemy, Sir Henry Simmerson (Michael Cochrane). Simmerson's niece, Jane Gibbons (Abigail Cruttenden), helps Sharpe and Harper escape afterwards.
Sharpe confronts Lord Fenner, but does not have any proof. Just in time, Lady Camoynes, who has her own grudge against Fenner, shows up with ledgers detailing the crimes and uses them for blackmail for herself and for Sharpe. Simmerson, due to his influential friends, once more escapes prosecution. Sharpe gets the men he came for and goes back to fight in Spain, albeit with Colonel Girdwood in tow. In Spain, Girdwood has a close encounter with a French artillery round during an attack and suffers a mental breakdown as a result. He is invalided home, and Sharpe takes command of the South Essex, leading them on to victory. To shelter Jane from Simmerson's wrath, Sharpe becomes engaged to her.
- Sean Bean as Major Richard Sharpe
- Daragh O'Malley as Sergeant Major Patrick Harper
- Abigail Cruttenden as Jane Gibbons
- Michael Cochrane as Sir Henry Simmerson
- Nicholas Farrell as Lord Fenner
- Caroline Langrishe as Lady Anne Camonynes
- James Laurenson as Major General Ross
- Mark Lambert as Lieutenant Colonel Bartholomew Girdwood
- Julian Fellowes as the Prince Regent
- Norman Rossington as Sergeant Horatio Havercamp
- Benedict Taylor as Sir William Lawford
- John Savident as Major General Sir Barstan Maxwell
- John Tams as Rifleman Daniel Hagman
- Jason Salkey as Rifleman Harris
- Robert Patterson as Sergeant Lynch